Republicans are outraged.
Yes, what else is new, but the media is on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) crack because they all love him and his barbeques, so we are getting nonstop coverage of how outraged Republicans demand an apology from 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for saying John McCain isn’t a hero and if he is on, he is only a hero because he was captured.
To wit, ABC News did a recap of all of the puffed up Republicans climbing onto their moral high ground to praise veterans and demand an apology:
The Republican National Committee said in a statement condemning Trump, “Senator McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably.”
No place in our country? Attacking veterans is what Republicans do. They taught Donald Trump everything he knows on this matter.
Republicans have not explained why it was okay when they Swiftboated now Secretary John Kerry — something 2016 hopeful Jeb Bush thanked the conservative group behind the attacks for doing. Or how about John McCain himself helping Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) after the Republican dishonestly attacked triple amputee Max Cleland (D-GA), linking the war hero and recipient of the Silver Star and the Bronze Star to Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
What do these instances of no Republican demands for apologies have in common? Both John Kerry and Max Cleland are Democrats.
To hear Republicans speak, you would think that only Republicans are veterans or heroes. That, of course, is far from the truth.
Republicans put on a good show of veteran loving, but when it comes down to it, if you pick and choose which veteran’s honor you deem worthy of defending while you attack another veteran based on their political party — a right they fought to have and for everyone to have, if you buy the “fighting for your freedom” line Republicans love — then you don’t really love veterans at all.
What Donald Trump said about John McCain was cheap and nasty and ridiculous. But Republicans taught Donald Trump how this game of personal attacks is played. They were silent — and so was the media — when Donald Trump did his birther attacks against a sitting president. And I could make the argument that being the first black president in this country is an act of heroism, especially given the fact that President Obama was greeted by disgusting displays of racial animus by hate-filled traitors waving the Confederate flag in his face days ago. They waved that flag in his face even though he knew one of the victims in Charleston. They waved the flag of the traitor and secessionist in the President of the U.S.’s face — these, too, are Republicans.
So it has come to this. Republicans are outraged when they get a dose of what they have done to Democrats. The media is outraged and grim-faced, how dare anyone attack John McCain! Where was this protective, do not cross this line bit over President Obama being called Hitler by Republicans, or being accused of being a Muslim terrorist, or being accused of not being an American?
A value is something you apply equally to all situations, not something you parse when it’s convenient. Republicans attacked John Kerry’s service, and John McCain supported Saxby Chambliss after his dishonest attack against Max Cleland.
The truth is that Republicans would have remained silent if Donald Trump were valuable to them. Just a few years ago, the Republican 2012 hopefuls paraded Trump’s endorsement, even though he was a known birther. So it’s not his hate they disagree with. It’s how much air time his hate is getting, and how that negatively impacts their party’s chances in 2016.
Where is John Kerry’s apology? Where is Max Cleland’s apology? If Republicans were sincere, they would apologize to all of the veterans whose service they deliberately disparaged in an attempt to avoid discussing issues. But Republicans can’t win on issues, so to the mattresses they go.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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